Lethbridge Psychologist

Lethbridge Psychologist I am a Psychologist in Lethbridge, Alberta. I offer face-to-face and online sessions to people who reside in the province of Alberta. Building rapport and having you feel comfortable sharing your story with me is important.

I use a variety of modalities!

Operating as usual

Sending love to all the father's and father figures out there ❣️
06/21/2021

Sending love to all the father's and father figures out there ❣️

Sending love to all the father's and father figures out there ❣️

You are definitely not alone 🤍 @vancityreynolds
05/27/2021

You are definitely not alone 🤍 @vancityreynolds

You are definitely not alone 🤍 @vancityreynolds

Parenthood is messy, beautiful, scary, exhausting and rewarding. This May has brought us more conversations about being ...
05/27/2021

Parenthood is messy, beautiful, scary, exhausting and rewarding. This May has brought us more conversations about being a parent and shed a light on the challenges moms and families face as they navigate parenthood.

Parenthood is messy, beautiful, scary, exhausting and rewarding. This May has brought us more conversations about being a parent and shed a light on the challenges moms and families face as they navigate parenthood.

Prince Harry sharing his experience with EMDR. I am passionate and skilled in this modality of therapy.  Anyone who know...
05/21/2021

Prince Harry sharing his experience with EMDR. I am passionate and skilled in this modality of therapy. Anyone who knows me knows I am an avid Royal Family follower, and I am thrilled to read about his positive experience with this effective modality.

Are you curious if EMDR is a good fit for you in therapy? Please connect with me via email and we can discuss this modality with your therapy goals. I am currently accepting new clients for June.
https://amp.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/21/emdr-what-is-the-trauma-therapy-used-by-prince-harry

Prince Harry sharing his experience with EMDR. I am passionate and skilled in this modality of therapy. Anyone who knows me knows I am an avid Royal Family follower, and I am thrilled to read about his positive experience with this effective modality.

Are you curious if EMDR is a good fit for you in therapy? Please connect with me via email and we can discuss this modality with your therapy goals. I am currently accepting new clients for June.
https://amp.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/21/emdr-what-is-the-trauma-therapy-used-by-prince-harry

Just wrapped up three intensive days of Advanced Attachment-Focused EMDR training. Feel exhausted but so excited to brin...
05/17/2021

Just wrapped up three intensive days of Advanced Attachment-Focused EMDR training. Feel exhausted but so excited to bring new techniques to clients and freshen up on my skills. EMDR is a therapeutic modality which helps unstick any stuck memories. This includes trauma memories, grief, feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, other problematic experiences or behavior. There is so much that this modality can help with ❤️

Just wrapped up three intensive days of Advanced Attachment-Focused EMDR training. Feel exhausted but so excited to bring new techniques to clients and freshen up on my skills. EMDR is a therapeutic modality which helps unstick any stuck memories. This includes trauma memories, grief, feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, other problematic experiences or behavior. There is so much that this modality can help with ❤️

International Bereaved Mother’s Day is regarded as a day to acknowledge mother’s who have experienced the loss of a chil...
05/03/2021

International Bereaved Mother’s Day is regarded as a day to acknowledge mother’s who have experienced the loss of a child or have had difficulties conceiving 💛
Listen to their stories and don’t be afraid to speak their child’s name

#internationalbereavedmothersday #bereavedmothersday #support #babylossawareness #pregnancyloss #therapy #difficultconversations

International Bereaved Mother’s Day is regarded as a day to acknowledge mother’s who have experienced the loss of a child or have had difficulties conceiving 💛
Listen to their stories and don’t be afraid to speak their child’s name

#internationalbereavedmothersday #bereavedmothersday #support #babylossawareness #pregnancyloss #therapy #difficultconversations

Passed! Wrote my exam for Perinatal Mental Health Certification 💕🎉 I'm excited to continue supporting new parents who ex...
04/07/2021

Passed! Wrote my exam for Perinatal Mental Health Certification 💕🎉 I'm excited to continue supporting new parents who experience pregnancy or postpartum related depression and/or anxiety, OCD, birth trauma and PTSD.

Also I have a new email for anyone wishing to book a session: [email protected]

Passed! Wrote my exam for Perinatal Mental Health Certification 💕🎉 I'm excited to continue supporting new parents who experience pregnancy or postpartum related depression and/or anxiety, OCD, birth trauma and PTSD.

Also I have a new email for anyone wishing to book a session: [email protected]

Parenthood is tough enough 💕  now more then ever it's time to connect with a support person. We're all in these tough ti...
03/25/2021

Parenthood is tough enough 💕 now more then ever it's time to connect with a support person. We're all in these tough times together.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/mothers-anxiety-and-depression-nearly-doubled-due-to-pandemic-canadian-study-1.5361430

Parenthood is tough enough 💕 now more then ever it's time to connect with a support person. We're all in these tough times together.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/mothers-anxiety-and-depression-nearly-doubled-due-to-pandemic-canadian-study-1.5361430

❤️❤️❤️ reach out to a new parent who may be struggling or reach out if you are a new parent struggling 💞💞💞
01/28/2021

❤️❤️❤️ reach out to a new parent who may be struggling or reach out if you are a new parent struggling 💞💞💞

Amanda’s story...💙🙏🏼

“This year, #BellLetsTalk Day, means more to me than ever. This year, I am not just posting as a helper, but as the person who needed help. This year, I became a first time mom in a looming pandemic. This year, I was diagnosed with Post Partum Anxiety.

Typically, approximately 1 in 5 women will be diagnosed with Post Partum Depression or Anxiety. Due to Covid-19, that statistic is suspected to be higher than normal. And I was one of them. My high achieving, perfectionist, type A personality, coupled with social isolation was a perfect storm brewing for me to begin having troubles. This year was hard for everyone, and while all I can do is share my own story, I hope it allows another new mom, somewhere along the way, to feel the bravery to talk real and be vulnerable about their struggles after having a baby.

The isolation was crippling some days. The fear of the pandemic was real. The worry about every little thing my baby did (or didn’t do) was real. My obsession with his health was real. My need to make sure others were okay during the pandemic was real. My need to keep telling everyone I was fine so they wouldn’t worry about me was real. The loss of some relationships was real. The grief of what I thought bringing a baby into the world would be like was real. It was all very real, and it hit me like a tidal wave.

Not every day was bad, and many were even great. The storm has been challenging but I’m becoming grateful for the opportunity to learn new things about myself. This year was a good reminder that I can do hard things. It probably took me way too long to seek out support. But eventually I did, and it’s helping. I’ve found out who and what is truly most important to me, and I’ve made space to let things go that no longer align with my values.

I want my son to grow up to be many things. Kind. Brave. Vulnerable. Fearless. And that starts by creating a world where difficult stories can be told in safe places. I want to create that safe place for him so he’ll never be afraid to talk about something difficult. And so today, I share a small part of my story, to begin role modelling to him what brave and vulnerable looks like.

So on this #BellLetsTalkDay, strike up a conversation with your new mom friend who keeps telling you everything is “good” and “great.” Or better yet, drop off a coffee, or a meal, or a self care package on her door step. Send her a text letting her know you are thinking of her, or video chat when you can. There might not be more to her story, but if there is, that mom will know you are a safe person to talk to about it when she’s ready.

#mentalhealthmatters #BellLetsTalk #sicknotweak

Working on repairing yourself mentally and emotionally while raising children is no easy task... it’s not as glamorous a...
12/15/2020

Working on repairing yourself mentally and emotionally while raising children is no easy task... it’s not as glamorous as we thought and sometimes people you saw as your friends and supporters are more judgmental and don’t seem to understand.
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Just remember you are strong, you are worthy of happiness and peace. Yes, as much as your children! How can you teach your children to create boundaries and encourage them to find their happiness - being a mom who only sacrifices and doesn’t create any boundaries herself? Take the time you need to heal and try hard not to feel guilty about it, instead - lead by example 💗
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Make time to take a deep breath and be grateful for something *ordinary* in your day.
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💁🏻‍♀️ Something soft to touch. 🧶🧦
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🧏🏻‍♀️ A bird or soothing noise you hear or can play on your phone or computer like chimes or soft piano melodies. A podcast perhaps? 🎹🕊
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🤦🏻‍♀️The smell of a candle or essential oils. Some hand lotion or fresh citrus fruits being cut or peeled 🍊🕯
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Surround yourself with people who understand and support you.
I promise I will not judge, you are safe with me. Reach out if you’d like to connect.
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#maternalmentalhealth #happymom #lethbridgepsychologist #yqlmoms #yql #localsupport #postpartum #depression #emotionalwellbeing #alberta #support #perinatalmentalhealth #psychology #safespace #miscarriagesupport #healing

From a labour nurse who thought she had it all figured out and had seen so many births, she was shocked that her story f...
11/22/2020

From a labour nurse who thought she had it all figured out and had seen so many births, she was shocked that her story felt different when she was experiencing birth herself...

“I told myself he was healthy, everything is good. But it wasn’t, I wasn’t. It was unreal. Later, after going over my thoughts and perception of it, I got my records. And reading these things that happened, they confirmed to me that I wasn’t crazy. My birth wasn’t horrible. But it was intense and part of it was out of anyone’s control, and part of it, was a choice made by my midwife.

Once I was validated, I began to heal.

Find a therapist and get healing!”

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Check out this excellent resource for newly pregnant and new moms in the #yql area! 🌈This FREE program offers support to...
10/29/2020

Check out this excellent resource for newly pregnant and new moms in the #yql area!

🌈This FREE program offers support to newly pregnant women of all backgrounds to ensure new mom and baby health.

🌈Looking for #local education, resources and access to healthcare professionals?? Give the number listed a call: 403-228-8221 for more information.

#newmom #justpregnant #whattodo #lethbridgepsychologist #ahs #yql #lethbridgelocal #perinatalmentalhealth #localsupport #bestbeginning #prenatal #healtheducation #lowincome #communityresources #pregnancy

Visit: www.bestbeginning.ca
Resources: Alberta Health Services, Best Beginning

• P O S T P A R T U M • thoughts can be scary for new moms... 🌟 It can leave us thinking: is this normal? Is this my *ne...
10/29/2020

• P O S T P A R T U M • thoughts can be scary for new moms...

🌟 It can leave us thinking: is this normal? Is this my *new* normal? Is this what having a baby feels like ...forever? Why did I work so hard to have a baby if this is what I feel like now they are here?

🌟 Especially during a pandemic, it is important to reach out for knowledge and support about how to heal when interactions between new moms & healthcare aids, is limited.

#lethbridgepsychologist #lethbridge #yql #ahs #postpartumdepression #yyc #postpartumjourney #newbabysupport #momssupportingmoms #healthymom #healthymomlife #birthtrauma #traumarecovery

🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯Childbirth is such an amazing miracle to bring to this earth, the power and joy that it holds is unexplainable......
10/16/2020

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Childbirth is such an amazing miracle to bring to this earth, the power and joy that it holds is unexplainable... though for those that have felt it’s inherent fragility - it is paralyzing.

If you have experienced Miscarriage, Still birth or Infancy Death, these are 4 Important things to Remember:

💜 You are not alone.

💗 Take the time you need to grieve. That sometimes means asking the questions you need to, in order to understand what went wrong.

💙 Speak out to other women you trust and whose perspectives you appreciate. About 1 in 4 women have experienced miscarriage at one point and it may help to be able to share your experiences with each other.

💚 Seek professional help of you are struggling to find normalcy after your tragic and unexpected loss. Help is here.

This is the month to spread awareness and encourage education among those that are trying to become pregnant, or those who may be. It can also be a time for family & friends around those who have lost a baby from a miscarriage, still birth, or Infant death, to come together in support and love and optimism.

#stillbirth #stillbirthawareness #stillbirthbreakthesilence #trauma #recovery #recoveryispossible #youarenotalone #pregnancy #pregnancyandinfantlossawarenessmonth #pregnancylossawareness #perinatalmentalhealth #postpartum

As though it may seem that stillbirths are a thing of the past and that in the 21st century, “we have more advanced tech...
10/16/2020

As though it may seem that stillbirths are a thing of the past and that in the 21st century, “we have more advanced technology for that to happen”... you may stand corrected.

More importantly than the paint colour of the nursery or a closet full of outfits - is the mental health and awareness of the parents and more specifically the mother birthing the child.

The risks that have always been involved with pregnancy, are still possible and the more educated a woman is of the possibilities of negative outcome, the more prepared she can be.

This is the month to spread awareness and encourage education among those that are trying to become pregnant, or those who may be. It can also be for family & friends around those who have lost a baby from a miscarriage, still birth or another cause.

#stillbirth #miscarriage #pregnancylossawarenessmonth #pregnancylosssupport #pregnancylossawareness #trauma #traumarecovery #psychology #psychologist #neverbestill #october2020 #youarenotalone #spreadawareness #prevention

Women around the world are sharing their stories and braving the opinions and words of dismissal from others. Facts: 🦋 #...
10/13/2020

Women around the world are sharing their stories and braving the opinions and words of dismissal from others.

Facts:
🦋 #stillbirth is still happening even in 2020
🦋 Almost 1 in 10 OB’s will be so devastated by a stillbirth that they will consider a career change
🦋 1 in 160 pregnancies will end in still birth

October is #pregnancylossawarenessmonth and a time for women to shine through the stigma of suffering in silence.

#yourenotalone #letstalkaboutit #perinatalcare #perinatalmentalhealth #trauma #traumarecovery #healing #beaware #postmiscarriage #pregnancywellness #infantloss #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness #neverbestill #mentalhealthmatters

What are the signs of Postpartum Depression? Well, the truth is, it is so varied and individualized that it makes it dif...
10/13/2020

What are the signs of Postpartum Depression?
Well, the truth is, it is so varied and individualized that it makes it difficult to draw the line on the definition. This story from Revelstoke, BC on @ctvnews makes that more obvious than any example given previous to this!
We will explore the common assumptions around the stigma and contrast them with facts from the article.
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(The recovered lady) has recently had a baby girl, 3 months ago. It was her third child, as her and her husband raised 2 older teenage boys previous to this.

🌻Myth 1
1. She’s been through pregnancy, birth and raising tiny humans before.

The husband’s statement was that she was “very loved” and “well known by other moms” as she was active in their little community.

🌻Myth 2
2. She ran a daycare, for about 10 years.

Seemingly loving children and being around them all day, one would assume she would make a great mother again. And since she was still young (41 years old) running a daycare - some might say it almost “made sense” that they have another baby.

The husband spoke of a pregnancy and birth that went really well and that the first few weeks were fantastic with the new baby at home.

🌻Myth 3
3. No reported fertility issues, smooth pregnancy and no apparent birth trauma, according to the father.

So what “went wrong”? What changed? What clicked? What brings on the deep, dark hole that is Postpartum Depression?

It seems that both her and her husband were open about the struggles to family and other new moms in the community. Her husband said in the article she developed a lot of problems with anxiety, couldn’t sleep and was going through a lot of "shame and guilt”.

🌻Myth 4
4. Other moms were donating some of their own breast milk for the new baby.

Although there is such a stigma in seeking professional help, the family was doing their best supporting her in pursuing professional help and encouraging communication & understanding her struggles.

🌻Myth 5
5. She had just been receiving treatment at the local hospital.

And yet still, she went out for a walk before dinner and didn’t come home.

**Remaining in comments**

Mental Health is important today and every day of the year. Voicing what we need for our happiness & fulfilment to our f...
10/11/2020

Mental Health is important today and every day of the year.

Voicing what we need for our happiness & fulfilment to our friends and family around us should encourage trust and support.

In stressful times, like during a pandemic... I’m sure many of us have discovered who our real friends are and who we can just be ourselves around. Our tired, crazy and sometimes cranky selves that aren’t so “perfect” all of the time.

Keep those ones close, you never know when you’ll really need a good friend by your side 💗💙

#worldmentalhealthday #yql #healthymind #healthymom #trust #healthymomhealthyfamily #support #traumarecovery #postpartum #friendship #someonetoleanon #pregnancy #infertility #psychology #psychologist #depression #depressionawareness #anxietyawareness #goodfriends #perinatalmentalhealth #youarenotalone #youarenormal #recovery

Artwork by: @wearefeelgoodclub

A reminder that it’s okay, to be not okay!Post miscarriage and child loss mental health is something that although we do...
10/06/2020

A reminder that it’s okay, to be not okay!

Post miscarriage and child loss mental health is something that although we don’t talk about it, still exists and is being suffered everyday in day in silence by women all around the globe 🌎 💔

An interesting article about this I found and thought it was important to share during #pregnancylossawarenessmonth
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https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.huffingtonpost.ca/amp/2018/06/08/miscarriage-mental-health_a_23453658/

#pregnancyloss #infantloss #stillbirth #trauma #miscarriage #abettermom #normalizementalhealth #strongwomen #perinatalmentalhealth #psychology #perinataldepression #yourenotalone

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